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Quiz: are pain medications putting me at increased risk?

Pain can be so worrisome that people will often do anything to make it go away. But if you’re using steroid shots or anti-inflammatory pain relievers, it’s important to know the risks and dangers—for the short and long term.

Steroid shots for painful joints can be worse than just ineffective. Studies show patients don’t often experience pain relief and that steroids can speed up the progression of cartilage breakdown in the joint (osteoarthritis). Meanwhile, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are inexpensive and often prescribed for achy joints. But they come with some potentially dangerous side effects, and it’s easy to take more than you’re supposed to. Research has shown anti-inflammatory medications also inhibit cartilage formation, speeding up articular cartilage in arthritic joints. Learn more in our eBook.

Some pain relief solutions only mask the pain of a joint that’s injured or damaged by disease. Take this quiz and talk with us to learn more about finding pain relief with regenerative and functional medicine.

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